I am a photographer because I love the craft, and I photograph weddings because I find human expression, and the connections we make, truly captivating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the institution – marriage is a big deal – but one of the reasons why I’m so damn excited to do what I do is because of the energy that exists in these meaningful celebrations. My style is intrinsically linked to my view that photographs are like windows. I won’t orchestrate your day with cliché or posed shots, or make you do the same thing five times. I also don’t tend to do pretty for pretty’s sake. I prefer real, natural, candid images, packed with emotion; the kind of images that transcend time and take you right back to how you felt in that moment.
I have always been a creative soul. I spent 10 years working as an award winning sound designer for TV and Film in New York City and Los Angeles before I decided that being a photographer would make me happier. I dove headfirst into the world of weddings by pestering my favourite wedding photographer into allowing me to assist him. I carried his bags, set up his lights, and found drunken Uncle Buck from the bar all while soaking up every piece of knowledge that he could offer me. I later moved up to be his full –time second shooter until I moved back to the UK and set up Andrew Brannan Photography. I am now based in Frome but shoot many weddings in Bath, Bristol, London and the Cotswolds, as well as working all over the UK.
Being a wedding photographer is about so much more than technical photographic ability. Yes, of course this is crucially important, but it is also about creativity and vision. I’m very proud to be a part of the worlds most respected fearless photographers group which is “a unique photography directory of only the world’s best wedding photographers who are not afraid to push the limits of professional wedding photography to surprise you with extraordinary wedding photos of your wedding day.” It really can’t be overstated how seriously I take my role as your wedding photographer. I attend multiple workshops every year, where I learn new skills, practice and evolve the ones I’ve already mastered, and renew my inspiration with other like minded creatives. I am always working to remain at the top of my game.
I think that since you’ll be spending a pretty big chunk of your big day with me that we should get to know one another. Here are a few random facts about me!
- I’m a father to two awesome and very loud little girls.
- My middle name is James.
- I’m a Mancunian.
- My love of bacon will never allow me to be a vegetarian (although this doesn’t stop my veggie wife from trying!!).
- I love to cook but have been banned from buying any more kitchen gadgets – seriously!
- The sound of balloons make me shiver.
- I’m happily married to my best friend.
- My favourite film is Withnail & I.
- I love to travel. Japan is at the top of my list.
- Photography is pretty deeply embedded in my life. I’m also a family and kids photographer. You can check out Giraffe and Platypus here!
I’d love to hear from you. Tell me all about yourselves and what you’re planning! You can reach out to me via my contact page!